Team Recap: 29th-seeded ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes

The 29th-seeded '11-'12 Phoenix Coyotes

The 29th-seeded ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes

  • Adrian Aucoin (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kyle Chipchura (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Shane Doan (RW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -2   33 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   17 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Martin Hanzal (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   9 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Rostislav Klesla (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   3* A   3 P   +1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lauri Korpikoski (LW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -3   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Daymond Langkow (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Petteri Nokelainen (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Michal Rozsival (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -3   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • David Rundblad (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • David Schlemko (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike Smith (G)
    • 6 GP   6 GS   2-2-2   2.33 GAA   .936 SV%   1 SO   7* Stars
  • Chris Summers (D)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +2*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Raffi Torres (LW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   11 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kyle Turris (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -1   13 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Antoine Vermette (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -2   20 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Radim Vrbata (RW)
    • 6 GP   3* G   3* A   6* P   +1   21 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Ray Whitney (LW)
    • 6 GP   3* G   3* A   6* P   +2*   34* S   0 GWG   0 PIM   6 Stars
  • Keith Yandle (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   18 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 2-2-2
  • Goals Scored: 13
  • Goals/Game: 2.17
  • Goals Allowed: 14
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.33 – Fourth best in tournament
  • Shots: 218
  • Shots Allowed: 219
  • Shots/Game: 36.3
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 36.5
  • # of PP’s: 7
  • PPG’s: 0 – 1 of 11 teams in tournament to not score a PPG
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 2
  • PPGA: 0 – 1 of 6 teams in tournament to not allow a PPG
  • PK%: 100.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 8

The ’11-’12 Phoenix Coyotes are representing the, now, Arizona Coyotes franchise, again. They repped the franchise last year in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, but lost out in six games. Things didn’t change at all for them here in the Second Annual UNP, except for the opponent.

First Round:

Defeated by 36th-seeded ’13-’14 Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2

Dave Tippett is a damn good coach and he led the ’11-’12 Coyotes to a 42-27-13 record, which was good for 97 points and 1st in the Pacific Division. Phoenix was ranked 17th in the league in goals for with 216 and were 7th in the league in goals against with 204. Hockey Reference ranked Phoenix’s strength of schedule at 8th toughest in the league, but their SRS rating system had Phoenix as the 12th best team in the league that year. The 0.16 SRS rating is actually third-best in Coyotes history. The Coyotes pulled off a huge upset in the Conference Quarterfinals by eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Then, in the Conference Semifinals, they defeated the Nashville Predators in five games. In their first ever visit to the Conference Finals, the Coyotes magical run finally ended in five games at the hands of the eventual champs, the Los Angeles Kings.

Tippett’s system has never really led to some staggering offensive numbers. The ageless Ray Whitney led the team in points with 77 points. Radim Vrbata was second on the team with 62 points in 77 games played. Longtime Coyotes captain, Shane Doan, was third on the team in points with 50 in 79. Vrbata was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 35 and Whitney and Doan were second and third with 24 and 22, respectively. Whitney was also the team’s leading assist-getter with 53. Defenseman Keith Yandle was second in assists with 32 and Doan was third with 28. You wanna know what I love the most about this team? Even though he only played in 31 games, Paul Bissonnette posted the highest Corsi% at 54.6. Whitney was a close second at 54.2 while Hanzal was not far behind either at 53.9. Goaltender Mike Smith had an absolutely stellar season. He posted 38 wins and eight shutouts with a 2.21 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. Smith also posted the highest Point Share for Phoenix, by far, at 16.7 while Whitney and Vrbata were second and third with 9.7 and 9.3 ratings, respectively. Smith was even better in the playoff when he posted a 1.99 GAA and a .944 SV% with three shutouts in only 16 games.

Up next are the 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks!

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